As most area students were walking into classrooms for the first day of school, Alexandria Country Day School’s sixth, seventh, and eighth graders headed out of town for overnight trips. At Camp Shoresh and Assateague State Park, and in Lewisburg, West Virginia, students participated in activities tied to the School’s science curriculum including seining to see what critters are in the bay, and going on a marsh walk to explore the different plants and animals that exist and how even a few inches of elevation can make a difference. They also tackled a high ropes course, went white water rafting, and participated in other activities designed to build leadership and interpersonal skills.
Starting the school year with these outdoor, overnight trips allow students time to develop more positive and long lasting relationships. “We find that the shared experience of these trips is a key ingredient in building a positive and supportive classroom community for the year,” said Ryan Woods, Head of Middle School. Students who are new to ACDS also find the trips to be a great way to get to know their classmates and quickly become an integral member of the group.